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Win a chocolate hamper – Library Challenge competition

By Curtin Library 24 November 2016 News & events Comments off

Tell us your vision of the future Library for your chance to win a delicious chocolate hamper. Enter online today!

Terms and conditions apply, see link for details.

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Library Challenge

By Curtin Library 23 November 2016 News & events Comments off

The Library is hosting a “Library Challenge” to create a shared vision and strategy. We would love your input.

Drop in on Thursday 24 November 11am – 3pm at Robertson Library, Lounge @ Your Library and tell us what you think. Everybody who participates will have the chance to win a chocolate hamper.

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By Curtin Library 11 November 2016 Campus Life News & events Students Comments off

Don’t delay your exam results. To avoid sanctions, please return all items by the due date and keep outstanding fines below $20.

Check due dates on all Library items here.

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Your feedback from the Library Insync survey

By Curtin Library 4 November 2016 News & events Comments off

Earlier this year, over 900 staff and students participated in the Library Insync survey. Three students were awarded GoPro Action Cameras as part of the competition for completing the survey.

This feedback is used to track our performance in delivering the services you require, and to develop new and improved services.

The Library’s performance has improved since our last Insync Survey in 2014. Our overall performance score is 80.1% (up from 78.5% in 2014). Our performance improved in four out of five Insync categories covering our Library Staff, Communication, Service Delivery and Facilities & Equipment.

In the long term, a major refurbishment project is planned for the Robertson Library and your feedback will help inform the design of future University Library facilities and spaces.

We appreciate your help letting us know of any problems you see around the library. We welcome your suggestions for making the Library better through the online Suggestion Box.


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Silence on level six

By Curtin Library 3 November 2016 News & events Comments off

The Library will be transforming the whole of Robertson Library level six into a Silent Study area to help you prepare for exams – starting Monday 7 November until the last day of semester, Friday 25 November.

When you get to level six, you will see the signs:

Silent area portrait

The Library asks all students using level six to be respectful of the study needs of others by:

  • only completing group study work on level two, three, four or five.
  • not consuming food on level six.
  • mobile phones must be on silent and calls answered outside of level six.
  • ensure headsets are turned down if listening to iLectures or any other audio – please move to a different area if others are being disturbed.

Between 8am and 8pm on weekdays and weekends, a Library Student Assistant will help ensure level six stays silent.

Library Student Assistants will still be available for assistance after 8pm, but will also be patrolling other floors of the Library until 8am.

This is a trial for 2016, and we invite your feedback so that we can continue improving your Library experience.

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Why open access is important

By Curtin Library 2 November 2016 News & events Comments off

The Library asked early career researchers why open access is important for them, here’s what they had to say:

Open Access graphic

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New Food and Drink policy

By Curtin Library 31 October 2016 News & events Comments off

The Library has listened to your requests and has reviewed the Food and Drink policy for Robertson Library.

Snacks will be allowed on all floors, except the Silent Areas. Hot, messy or odorous foods must still be consumed on level two. Please ensure that you keep the Library clean and comfortable – please see staff if you require cleaning products for any mess you generate.

Silent Areas

These areas are for silent study.

  • There is no noise (no collaborating/chatting) and no food of any type allowed. Mobiles must be on silent and calls answered in the foyer area.
  • Please ensure headsets are turned down if listening to iLectures or any other audio – please move to a different area if others are being disturbed.
  • Please consider wearing noise cancelling headsets if you are sensitive to sound.
  • Please see staff to borrow cleaning products for any mess you generate.

Quiet Areas

Noise must be kept to a minimum – whispering/quiet voices allowed.

  • Snack food is allowed but messy, hot or odorous food must be consumed at Bookmark Café or Lounge @ Your Library on level two.
  • Mobiles should be on silent/vibrate and calls should be moved to the foyer area if extended.
  • Please keep the areas clean and comfortable for other clients. Please see staff to borrow cleaning products for any mess you generate.

Level two

As a collaborative group study space this area will generally be noisier, however, mobiles should be on vibrate/silent and calls moved to the foyer area. Snack food is allowed but messy, hot or odorous food must be consumed at Bookmark Café or Lounge @ Your Library.

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Library Student Assistants wanted for 2017

By Curtin Library 31 October 2016 News & events Comments off

Register your interest now for a Library Student Assistant position at Robertson Library (Bentley campus).

These positions are offered to current Curtin University students only. A current police clearance and proof of citizenship/permanent residence or visa permitting work will also be required for successful applicants.

Successful applicants will be rostered for an estimated 8 – 20 hours per week during semester, including exam periods. Some additional and semester-break hours may be available.

The current pay rate is $30.54/hour. This is a casual rate, which includes a loading in lieu of sick pay and holiday pay. The same rate applies for any hours worked in the evenings or on the weekends.

Essential criteria:

  • Be available for 8 – 20 hours per week during semester including mornings from 7am, and late night and overnight shifts, including on weekends.
  • Be available during study week and exam weeks.
  • A level of physical fitness appropriate to the duties involved e.g. pushing trolleys, shelving.
  • Flexibility to deal with a changing workplace and work patterns.
  • An ability to accurately comprehend and follow instructions.
  • Reliability and punctuality.
  • Good teamwork, interpersonal skills, and good communication skills.

Desirable criteria:

  • Some knowledge of Curtin Library’s shelving system and experience using the Library.
  • Knowledge of computers and Curtin IT processes (e.g. wireless).
  • Some availability to work during semester breaks if required.

How to apply

Students interested in applying for the Library Student Assistant positions should lodge an application online through the Curtin Career Hub. Applications close on Monday 14 November 2016. If you have questions about the positions or the application process, please contact:

Sasha Hilton
Curtin Careers Centre
08 9266 3023

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Outcomes of Subscriptions Review 2016

By Curtin Library 31 October 2016 News & events Comments off

The Library Collection Development Group would like to thank the many people who provided input to the review of Library subscriptions in 2016. This exercise was required to ensure that the databases and journals which the Library subscribes to continue to represent good value for money within the parameters of the available budget.

Factors taken into account in making renewal decisions included levels of usage, cost per use, high cost increases, non-availability of full-text content, and duplication by other forms of online access. In making cancellation decisions the Library has sought as far as possible to minimise the impact on teaching, learning and research and to ensure an equitable distribution of cuts across different discipline areas.

As a result of the review exercise several database products will not be available after the end of 2016. These include:

  • Alternative Press Index
  • Book Citation Index (new content)
  • ChemNETbase
  • Common Ground Sustainability Collection
  • Geobase
  • Geofacets
  • Modern Language Association Bibliography
  • On Architecture
  • Optical Society of America Package
  • Oxford English Dictionary
  • Oxford Quick Reference Online
  • PsychVisual
  • Research Professional
  • Shock and Vibration Digest
  • SPIE Digital Library
  • Springer Protocols

A number of individual journal subscriptions will also be discontinued. A detailed list of subscription changes will be made available at the end of the year once the renewal process has been finalised.

Please note that the Library continues to provide a document delivery service to academic staff and higher degree by research students to supply material not available in the Library’s collections.

For further information please contact David Wells, Manager, Collections.

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Curtin Family Home Lecture

By Curtin Library 19 October 2016 Library Services JCPML Comments off

Seventy-five years after he became Prime Minister, Associate Professor Deborah Gare will explore how John Curtin’s actions against conscription in the First World War shaped his approach to Australia’s involvement in the Second.

Date: Thursday 17 November 2016

5.45pm for a 6pm start

Venue: The Grove Library, cnr Stirling Highway and Leake St

Peppermint Grove

Price: $25 members, $30 non members

Lecture by Associate Professor Deborah Gare, University of Notre Dame. Hosted by Josh Wilson MP, Federal Member for Fremantle.

For more information, see the Curtin Family Home Lecture flyer.

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